Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of ABPnews/Herald.

Churches in Napa, Calif., are already busy serving quake victims in their communities, while national Baptist disaster-relief agencies stand ready with funds, people and equipment.

After selling its building to developers, the congregation at Scott Boulevard Baptist Church in Decatur has created an endowment to meet the spiritual needs of isolated senior citizens — a ministry area experts say is one of the most under-served in the nation. 

The military, like other branches of government, faces challenges in an increasingly pluralistic society to accommodate religious belief without endorsing it.

Churches being wooed by developers are seeing opportunities to expand ministries and facilities with lucrative real estate deals. 

Experts say some Christian groups thrive on the belief they are being persecuted, and that this belief is seemingly supported by Christ’s own experience with persecution.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:42

Do you solemnly swear — on this Kindle?

An ambassador was recently sworn in with her hand on an e-reader instead of the Bible — a move some described as “very 21st century,” while pastors and theologians differed on its symbolic implications. 

Unaccompanied immigrant children are being dispersed from holding centers on the border to sponsor homes around the nation, inspiring Baptists and other Christians to seeks ways to help them and their families.

The Church at Convergence in Alexandria, Va., hopes the sculpture garden it is creating will expand its influence in the community and help in the economic revival of the city's West End.

Partnering with existing ministries and community groups is helping churches fulfill their missions in their local communities. 

While many Baptists have historically rejected religious symbolism in their sanctuaries, others have embraced it as a way to get worshipers focused on God.

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